Alien contact - are we alone?
Project Blue Book
This is probably one of the most widely publicised alien investigation programmes known.
With over 400 case files, the US Air Force's investigations into the existence of aliens from another planet coming to Earth even made it on to the small screen in the form of a series. I don't know whether this was hearsay, but I was led to believe that the series was halted when they started getting a little too close to the truth - hence its only lasting two seasons from 1978-79. Whether that's true or not, it probably increased people's awareness of the phenomena and it's rumoured that it laid most of the groundwork for the X-Files, but lacked the romantic subtext and conspiracy theory elements.
Here in England, we have a similar department set up within the MoD (Ministry of Defence), where probably the same number of cases exist. I'm sure that most of the countries in the world have something similar set up as the numbers of sightings are rising all the time and whilst it's true that the majority are hoaxes, there will always be some that defy being readily debunked or even explained to any degree of satisfaction at all.
So from these documents, one would assume that we would be able to tell whether the consensus of opinion was that UFO's existed or not - wouldn't we?
Not even close.
What's in these documents is very carefully written not to jump to any conclusions, so I'm afraid it's impossible to say one way or the other. In fact, it would probably be more accurate to say that according to the research in these files, the answer is no, they don't.
Delving Into UFO Case Files
I have some twenty years of documents on my computer about so-called investigations surrounding sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects and sometimes that's all they turn out to be - unidentified flying objects; it's that simple. Just because the people witnessing the phenomena can't identify the craft or object, doesn't mean there isn't someone around who can.
Other cases however have been less susceptible to being so easily explained - like the crafts witnessed around RAF Cosford in 1993 or the weather balloon that crashed at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.
The Cosford Incident
Over the 30th and 31st March 1993, UFO sightings that were witnessed by over 100 people, many of whom were military of police personnel occurred over two RAF bases and was dubbed The British UFO Mystery.
Rather than repeat what Nick Pope has already written, you can find the story in full here
The fact is that as far as witnesses are concerned, what they saw was real and as far as they could gather, not of this world. Coming from members of the public, that would be so easy to dismiss, but from trained RAF observers and officers in the police force, that's made things a little more difficult.
The fact that the sightings of the crafts concerned left no radar signature, despite the equipment and the recording from the night in question being thoroughly examined, should have caused more of a stir than it did all those years ago. There is also the fact that in all the MoD documents, the crafts are referred to as 'Civilian', something which the eye witness accounts do not.
The eye witnesses state categorically that the behaviour of the crafts in question all displayed behavioural patterns that our aircraft cannot replicate. From their acceleration to their manoeuvrability; nothing any of the witnesses had seen before could do the things these crafts did.
Roswell, New Mexico
Again, rather than go through repeating what so many before me have already gone to great lengths to write about, speculate on and so forth, suffice it to say that back in 1947, it may well have been easier to convince people that what they saw was nothing more than a weather balloon, but hey, that was sixty-three years ago, so who on Earth is going to be able to counter that argument now?
The biggest hurdle to overcome with anything of this nature is the fact that whilst what some people have seen and experienced, should be viewed as irrefutable, the issue remains one of their word against the word of others.
Those who have seen or experienced, cannot substantiate their claims, but then, those who would wish to discredit those who have seen or experienced cannot always disprove those claims either. Yet while governments appear to sit on the fence, more and more of these sightings continue to flood in, some of which make very good arguments for the idea that our Earth is being visited by Aliens from Outer Space.
Visitations From Another World
So since Roswell alone, we have been focusing on this phenomenon for sixty-three years, but apparently, it's been happening for much, much longer.
There are no shortage of sites on the internet, all of which have a pretty expansive libraries of pictures they claim are actually pictures of aliens. Some are apparently from thousands of years before Christ, some of which are shown on the right and okay, this is no more proof than Jack Smith's claim to having seen a UFO on the way home from the pub, but the pictures themselves are genuine - allegedly.
Nevertheless, it does show that people have been seeing things they can't explain for thousands of years - maybe tens of thousands, why should we be any different?
I think the main difference is that in the days of the cave drawings, people would have behaved differently towards the aliens - if that's what they were. They would probably have thought of them as Gods. They could fly for a start and their clothing would have been something to set them aside from the indigenous peoples wherever they happened to be.
Nowadays, there's more likelihood that either they wouldn't be believed in the first place or would be taken away to some top secret lab somewhere and dissected to find out what made them tick.
However, for the rest of us, I think it's in our nature to be curious and whilst we know that curiosity killed the cat, if there were things landing one this planet that didn't come from this place in the first place, wouldn't we all want to know about them?
I know I would.
I know too that there are people out there who would deny their existence even if we could prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they existed, but I would imagine there would be more who would be intrigued to learn that yes, there is life among the stars.
So Have We Been Visited By Aliens Or Extraterrestrials Before?
With the enormous potential for life to exist in other areas of the universe, I think we would be incredibly naive to think that we are unique.
We have no idea how many planets there are around the estimated 10 quadrillion stars (10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) that are in the observable universe, which can support life . There are even more in areas of the universe we can't see and because we are so far from even the nearest one, we can't know anything for sure.
If there is, it would be even more naive that we are the most advanced of them and just because we don't know how they could possibly travel the vast distances from wherever it is they come from, it doesn't mean it's not possible.
It's also worth bearing in mind that whilst governments have made information available to us that previously was marked above top secret, it doesn't mean that what we now have access to is all of the information.
Governments are renowned for keeping things they don't feel we should know from us and I feel it's only fair to assume that some of the information that surrounds UFO's and aliens is one of those things.
It's entirely possible - plausible even that there are more advanced civilisations out there among the stars and who knows, they may very well have us in their sights. Perhaps they're studying us to see how we evolve or maybe there's some slightly less attractive reason for why we keep seeing things in the sky that don't appear to match things we have that fly around.
There may also be reasons why governments continue to deny all knowledge of these things, despite the fact that eye witnesses constantly contradict what we are being told.
For the moment though, there are those who strongly believe we have and those who don't.
I'm not telling you which side of the fence I'm on...